Course Detail

Doctor of Philosophy (Humanities and Social Sciences)


We support several areas of research expertise including archaeology, communication and media studies, historical studies, linguistics, literary studies, philosophy, political science and sociology. A PhD thesis should not exceed 100,000 words.

Our academics work closely with a number of research centres, some of which are based within the College or University. For more details on our research centres and institutes.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 10.


This degree will allow you to pursue careers in a range of disciplines, including the arts, sociology and literature. With this degree, you can also pursue further study in a more specialised field.

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.


We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.

Industry internships

We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.

Our researchers

A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.

Course Information

  • IELTS: 6.5/6.0

  • Scholarship: Yes

  • Tuition Fee: AUS $32,400 per year

Admission Requirements

Academic Entry Requirement

Academic Entry Requirement

Masters by coursework or Masters by research degree in a relevant discipline

Minimum 70 % required.